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How do I order a book at VIB?
To be able to place an order, you must create an account. It is possible to create an account while ordering.
Do I receive a track-and-trace code?
You will receive a track-and-trace code from PostNL immediately after payment. On the website which is mentioned in the email, you can look up when your package will be delivered.
How much are the delivery charges?
VIB charges €1,95 per delivery, regardless of the size of the order.
Who delivers my package?
The VU Bookstore mails the books. Delivery is done by PostNL.
Do I have to be a member to be able to order?
You must be a member to be able to buy textbooks with a discount. Not a member yet? You can sign up while ordering.
How long does it take for my book to be delivered?
Books which we have in stock are delivered the next working day. That is why we can deliver almost all textbooks very quickly. If we don't have the books in stock, delivery of Dutch textbooks takes 2 and delivery of non-Dutch textbooks takes 3 working days; apart from exceptions.
VIB will always inform you if your book delivery takes longer than expected.

For questions, please mail to mijnstudievereniging@vuboekhandel.nl . We are always ready to help.
I have not received my delivery yet, what can I do?
You can check on our website under 'account' whether your order has been sent or if it's still being processed.
If your order has been sent according to our website, but you still haven't received it, please check the delivery status using the track-and-tracecode you've received in your mailbox. If you still haven't received anything 3 days after your order has been sent, you can email mijnstudievereniging@vuboekhandel.nl .
To be of service as fast as possible, we request that you mention your order number in your email. Please also specify that you ordered via VIB.
Which payment methods are available?
At VIB, you can use Ideal or credit card to pay for your textbooks online.

Where can I find information about my invoices and payments?
You can review your invoices and the state of your orders under my account. Have you forgotten your password? Request a new password via reset password..

How long does it take for my payment to get processed?
We process your Ideal payment directly. It will be stated on your invoice whether you have paid. You will also receive an email from your bank.

I would like to have a copy of the invoice. Where can I find it?
You can download a copy from mijn account.

Can I still change the information on my invoice?
You can't change information on the invoice by yourself. For a changed invoice, you can contact us via email.

I have returned a product or cancelled my order. When will my money be refunded?
VIB strives to refund money from returns and cancelled orders as fast as possible. If you haven't received your money after a week, you can send an email mentioning your name and the title of the book. Please also specify that it concerns an order via VIB.
How do I cancel my order?
You can cancel your order during the ordering process. Remove the books from your shopping cart to do so. Have you already completed your payment and would you like to cancel? Contact VIB if this is the case. Please mention your order data in this email.

I have cancelled my order, but the book still got delivered. What can I do?
If you have received your order despite cancellation, the order was already processed and could not be cancelled anymore. If this is the case, contact VIB via email. Please mention your order information in this email.
Email: mijnstudievereniging@vuboekhandel.nl
Returning

To successfully return a book, please attach (a copy of) your receipt to your shipment.

Please note: Textbooks can neither be returned during the week prior to the exam nor when the term has finished.

Can I also return my book at the VU Bookstore?
Yes, that is possible. Bring your receipt when you visit us. You can return a book if you meet the above requirements.

Which textbooks can I never return?
Apart from technical defects, books which have been sold sealed in and aren't sealed in anymore cannot be returned.
Books containing a code can also not be returned!
We only accept returns if the books are undamaged.

Who pays for the return?
The costs for the return are to be paid by the buyer.
Returns are incurred at the risk for the buyer. This means that VIB cannot be held accountable for damage to returned products or returned products getting lost. Because of this, we recommend to always ask for a track-and-trace code.

Do I get refunded automatically when I return an order?
If your return meets the previously stated requirements, you will receive the purchase amount on your bank account. If you return a book in the VU Bookstore, you will receive a coupon with unlimited validity. Textbooks can ONLY be returned after consultation and with permission from a VU Bookstore employee.

I bought a textbook, but I am not continuing my study. Can I return it?
You can only return textbooks if you can demonstrate that you are quitting your study. Please bring your receipt(s). The books must be in perfect condition. VIB charges 20% return costs.
Low-price-guarantee
VIB offers a low-price-guarantee for purchases prior to and during the term in which the textbook is needed. If you can demonstrate that the textbook is being sold for a lower price at a different (online) bookstore in the Netherlands, you will receive the price difference from VIB. So-called third-party deliveries (deliveries where an online bookstore different from the bookstore you visited is involved; this third party delivers the book) are excluded from this guarantee.

Money-back-guarantee
VIB offers a money-back-guarantee for purchases prior to and during the term in which the textbook is needed. This guarantee only applies if the teacher has made clear that the book is not needed at all. VIB retains the right to verify information with your teacher.

Can I discuss these guarantees at the VU Bookstore?
Yes, that is possible. Please bring your receipt when visiting us. You do have to meet the above requirements.
I don't have an account yet, how do I make one?
During the ordering process, you can enter your address as well as indicate whether you are a VIB member. You can become a member online. VIB will contact you afterwards to complete your membership. You can always review or change your account information via Account information on this website.

I've forgotten my password. What can I do?
Via Forgotten password on this website, you can request a new password easily. After entering your email address, you will receive an email with a link to reset your password.

I've moved, where can I enter my new address?
You can change your information via Account information. Would you like to change the delivery address of your recent order? In this case, contact the VU Bookstore. Please mention your order information when contacting us.
I'm using a different email address, where can I change it?
You can change your account information during your next order, or directly via Account information.
Which textbooks should I buy at VIB?
Only the textbooks that you need for your study. The information on this site is selected specifically for VIB members. Members can rest assured that our information on textbooks is right.

As a member of VIB, can I also buy at the VU Bookstore?
Members of VIB get the same discount on non-Dutch textbooks at the VU Bookstore as at VIB. You get 5% off all Dutch textbooks, provided you purchase 2 different Dutch textbooks.

Im going to follow a subject, but it isn't mentioned on the VIB website. What can I do?
For some subjects, no books are prescribed. Those subjects are not mentioned on our website. It is possible that there are no books for a certain subject on our site, while there are prescribed books for that subject. We'd like to hear it via: mijnstudievereniging@vuboekhandel.nl

I would like to buy all my textbooks at once, is that possible?
You can buy all your textbooks at once, but we advise against it. It is both very expensive and risky, because the prescribed literature may change. Additionally, textbooks can be replaced by newer editions. This means that you may buy the wrong book, or that you may buy a book which you don't need at all. Only order books for the upcoming term to be guaranteed to get the right books!

I need a syllabus; can I buy one at VIB?
Syllabi are sold by the VU Bookstore and (often) online via this site. These syllabi and readers are ordered by the teachers or supervisors of a course. They inform the printer about the number of syllabi that has to be printed. The VU Bookstore sells syllabi to students and mails them in the form of online orders. We do not offer discounts on syllabi.

Can I check whether a syllabus is in stock?
Syllabi and readers are only in stock when you can order them via this site. If they aren't online, we don't have them in stock (yet).

I heard that a syllabus is out of stock. Can I order syllabi?
The VU Bookstore and VIB don't take up orders for syllabi which are out of stock. Teachers or supervisors inform the printer about the number of syllabi that has to be printed. We do inform the teachers or supervisors when a certain syllabus is out of stock. It's best to contact the teacher yourself to ask if there is an appropriate solution and if there will be a reprint.
How much reduction do I get on my textbooks if I'm a VIB member?
As a VIB member, you can get great deals on textbooks. For more information, see the paragraph under 'Guarantee'. Buying textbooks from study associations is always cheaper than elsewhere.
As a VIB member, why should I reserve textbooks?
If you reserve textbooks at your study association, you get 10% off all Dutch textbooks.
This is because of Dutch legislation. If you don't reserve a book in advance, you don't get a 10% discount.

Can I always reserve?
You can only reserve at the start of the term. You will receive your textbooks after the date mentioned on our website.

Under what conditions do I get a discount when I reserve?
VIB can only offer the 10% discount if multiple members have reserved the same book. That's why we collect these reservations. If there aren't enough reservations, VIB will refund the purchase amount. You can still buy the book without the discount.
Does VIB sell second-hand books?
Sure! You can buy second-hand books from other VIB members who are selling books.

What price do I pay?
The price differs per book. During the ordering process, you can choose either 'used' or 'intensively used'. In the last case you pay even less, but then the book will contain more markings and notes.

Can I sell textbooks myself?
Yes, that is possible. On this website, you can offer your textbooks for sale. When somebody buys your book, you bring it to the VU Bookstore to receive your money quickly. Please read the message you receive after offering carefully.


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